Canada’s University of Victoria recently received $1.19 million in funding which it is using to further discoveries and developments of green ship technology. Furthermore they are using the money to obtain the equipment that is needed to convert a ship into the world’s first plug-in ship. This new technology can help ships go green and reduce carbon emissions which will benefit the environment.
The ship will be powered by electricity, hydrogen fuel cells and low-emission diesel fuel, which combined will provide sufficient power for manoeuvres at low speeds and station keeping, as well as supply high quality power for ship systems, communications and instrumentation.
This green technology for ships has been developed by the University of Victoria’s green transportation research team in conjunction with the marine engineering and alternative power system industries. Once it has been fully approved and the system trademarked and patented it will be an excellent option for any clearing agent to start implementing into his fleet.
Hybrid systems whether for vehicles or the marine industry are more efficient and cleaner than traditional systems; and provide us with a way to travel using greener methods. The ship that they will test this technology on is a 26.7m long and 7.25m in width. In order to fit the new technology the ship will have a new section inserted in the middle, which will add an additional 10m to the length.
This new section will include a science lab where recently developed software technology will ensure the optimisation of the ship’s batteries and generators depending on its speed and operation requirements. As well as enabling the use of green power, it will enable sensitive research missions to be done more effectively and without interference from noisy engines.
This technology will also be ideal for the shipping of sea freight in a more environmentally sustainable manner. When this green ship technology takes off we can expect a significant reduction in carbon emissions from the marine industry.